SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Sunday night temperatures dropped to 37 degrees in Chicopee, temperatures much colder than that on Monday night could hurt your outdoor plants.
16 acres garden center in Springfield had a busy Mother's Day weekend, but many of the plants that mothers received on Sunday might not last through the week unless you bring them inside or cover them with a sheet.
Overnight lows in the 30s and 20s could bring a frost that kills some tender plants like hanging baskets, tomatoes, peppers, and annuals, which are the plants you have to plant every year.
For people who have planted too early this spring, you might suffer the consequences.
"People try to get an early jump on things and they really don't gain anything, because the ground temperatures are not warm enough for them to produce fruits so you're better off just waiting until Memorial Day," said Steve Bordenuk, Manager of 16 Acres Garden Center.
Plants at home aren't the only concern, but also fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. Many of which have had to be covered before the freeze.
At McKinstry farm in Chicopee, owner Bill McKinstry, had to cover his strawberries and repair covers on his other produce to save them from the cold.
This late frost isn't that unusual, and the slower start to the growing season is helping him.
"Things aren't growing as fast, so they are smaller, easier to protect, easier to cover, but you can't cover everything," said McKinstry.
He thinks his asparagus could suffer the most from the cold, but believes they will still recover.
McKinstry also told 22news Monday nights freeze likely won't be cold enough to devastate his crops and doesn't anticipate any shortages or price increases on local produce